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"Pompeii" Movie Review

Updated on May 30, 2014

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"Pompeii": Apocalyptically Bad or Amazingly Epic? Quote

"The movie "Pompeii" shows much of the city, the artifacts, the clothing, the culture. The cinematography is amazingly done. It's a lovely visual movie. I'd recommend this movie to anyone based on the visuals alone. You really feel immersed in the time period."

"Pompeii" Rating

4 stars for "Pompeii"

"Pompeii": Apocalyptically Bad or Amazingly Epic?

Pompeii was an actual city of the ancient Roman Empire. It was ruined and the citizens killed after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Pompeii is believed to have possibly been the basis of the story of the lost city of Atlantis by some historians. When the city was rediscovered much of it had been preserved as no air or water had destroyed it. The city was full of the most intact artifacts of the Roman Empire of that time frame.

The movie "Pompeii" shows much of the city, the artifacts, the clothing, the culture. The cinematography is amazingly done. It's a lovely visual movie. I'd recommend this movie to anyone based on the visuals alone. You really feel immersed in the time period.

Now the story line is a little hit and miss. There is a plot for revenge. A plot of greed/lust. A plot for freedom. A plot for love at first sight. Then finally the plot of the mountain erupting. I suppose all these plot lines are meant to keep the viewer entertained while they wait to see what happens to the main characters after the mountain erupts, yet it can get a little confusing. If you watch this movie give it your full attention otherwise you may have a hard time understanding all the character's obstacles or goals.

The acting is very good. I love Kiefer Sutherland ("24", "The Three Musketeers") so it was great to see him as the villain in this movie. He's the disgusting, greedy Roman who blackmails the main female character's parents to give her to him. The main female character is played by Emily Browning ("Sucker Punch", "Sleeping Beauty") . She's very beautiful and is convincing as the female hero of the movie. The male lead hero is played by Kit Harington ("Game of Thrones", and "Silent Hill"). He was excellent at played the revenge driven slave who ends up falling for the female lead. It was exciting to see Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ("Bourne Identity", "G.I. Joe", "Thor: the Dark World"), Carrie-Anne Moss ("The Matrix", "Chocolat"), and Jared Harris ("Sherlock Holmes", "Lincoln") all in this movie. Carrie-Anne Moss in particular is great here as the female hero's mother. She looks like she truly could be her mother and c'mon it's Trinity from "The Matrix"! Of course she's amazing!

I give this movie four out of five stars. Everything about it is well done. My only issue with it is the multiple story lines may get a little confusing for some. I found it fairly easy to follow and I only think those with a really short attention span may have any difficulties. If you liked "Alexander" or "Gladiator" you will likely love to watch "Pompeii".

"Pompeii" Trailer

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Movie Quotables

Cassia: I couldn't believe he had the strength to do that.

Ariadne: Then you didn't see his muscles?

Cassia: That's not what I meant.

-From "Pompeii"

"Pompeii" Romantic Moment


Movie Trivia

"Kit Harrington suffered from body dysmorphia (excessive anxiety about the appearance of one's body) while working out for this role. He said he became completely obsessed with it to the point where he was "going to the gym three times a day for six days a week." He suffered from a case of "exhaustion" and eventually his trainer stepped in to reign him in. But he said that he was "proud of what he achieved in the end"."


"Director Paul W.S. Anderson said that he was not pleased when a lot of people online said that Kit Harington's six pack abs were digitally enhanced and not real after the first stills and trailers for the movie were released. He reiterated that they were completely real with no make-up or digital enhancement and Harington actually looked like that for the shooting of those scenes."



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